Running is increasingly popular in the United States, especially 5K and 10K distances, and running events and race participation are multiplying each year. It’s no longer all about winning the race, but the overall experience encompasses so much more. But proper training for a 10k is still important.
The 10K can be an ideal distance for many runners – not as long as a 15K or half- or full marathon, but not as short as a 5K either. And training for a 10K is fairly manageable and not nearly as daunting as preparing for a half- or full marathon.
For beginning runners or novice racers, the Internet is loaded with plans on training for a 10K, so you should review them and determine which makes the most sense to you based on your schedule and how many weeks remain before race day. Then, obviously, it is critical to follow the plan closely to get the results you’re after.
Most smart plans include:
- Runs – covering various distances, potentially at different speeds, 3-4 times each week
- Cross training – incorporating strength, cardio and flexibility work, 1-2 times each week
- Rest – at least one day off each week for recovery
For a great cross training option, consider the Zero Runner, which is a new way to replicate real running motion without any impact to the body. With unique, independent hip and knee joints, the Zero Runner lets you choose your natural running stride and range of motion. You can supplement outdoor runs with miles on the Zero Runner and decrease your risk of injury.
With CROSS CiRCUIT and SmartLink, Octane Fitness offers beneficial strength and flexibility exercises as well, each woven as intervals within a run on the Zero Runner. And gait tracing technology lets you monitor the health of you gait throughout sessions to ensure that it is as strong at the end as at the beginning of your run.
Boost your training for a 10K with the new Zero Runner, and keep your eyes on the finish line!